Welcome to Week 2 of our online discussion of Me Before You.
The Online Book Club, in case you’ve never joined us before, is a book discussion group that meets entirely online. Every week, I write a new blog entry about different aspects of the book, and each month, people can leave their thoughts and comments in the comments section of the blog posts.
Now that you’ve read the first seven chapters of the book, what do you think? The main characters are obviously Louisa and Will, and in this first section, we see all of the action through Louisa’s eyes.
When she loses her beloved job at a bakery, Louisa struggles to find a job and really just stumbles into the job with Will. At first, he seems to be impossible to be around. When Will first meets Lou, he tries to scare her by making a loud sound and acting like he is completely incapacitated. He’s rude, and he doesn’t try to make friends with her. After Will’s ex-girlfriend comes for a visit, Will and Louisa develop a little bit of a camaraderie, but they aren’t close or especially friendly.
At the end of the seventh chapter, we meet Will’s sister and see that she is really upset at Will. Were you able to figure out why she is so mad at Will? Jojo Moyes gives a little clue about the main conflict in the book-were you able to pick up on it?
Do you like Louisa as a narrator? I felt like she was an interesting narrator, but I felt so sorry for her. It seemed like everyone in her life treats her as if she were inferior. It would have been bad enough if she were just ignored by her boyfriend, but it seems like she is ignored and undervalued by her family as well.
What do you think of Will? It’s hard to like him now because he is in so much pain and is so guarded, but I have a feeling that I wouldn’t have really liked who he was before the accident. Just from the few clues Jojo Moyes gave at the beginning, I gathered that he was probably a bit of a playboy and was really obsessed with work.
I hope you’re enjoying the book so far! Let me know your thoughts about the book or the movie!
Before I go, I’ll leave this video clip that shows the main actors from the movie interviewing each other.
See you next week! I’ll be talking about the next seven chapters, so I hope you’re able to read all of that before next week.